In this week’s A-League Power Rankings, the Central Coast Mariners take the top spot after toppling the team at the top of last week’s Power Rankings, the Western Sydney Wanderers. Meanwhile, Melbourne Victory regain their winner swagger and rivals Melbourne Heart also pull out another big win themselves. All this and more on the A-League Power Rankings here on the View from Avalon.
1. Central Coast Mariners
Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners shut out a Western Sydney Wanderers side that played down to 10 men in the second half, 2-0, at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney. Daniel McBreen, one of the leading goalscorers in the A-League, earned his brace in the 41st minute and sixth minute of stoppage time. They will have a tough test ahead of them on Jan. 12 when they face the Melbourne Victory at Aurora Stadium in Launceston, Tasmania.
2. Melbourne Victory
Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory also scored a 2-0 shutout victory, this time over Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Marcos Flores opened up the scoring in the 42nd minute before Marco Rojas slammed the door shut in the 52nd minute of play. Up next for the Victory is a match with Central Coast Mariners on Jan. 12 at Aurora Stadium.
3. Adelaide United
John Kosmina’s Adelaide United were held at bay by the Newcastle Jets in a scoreless draw at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle. The Reds will hope for a much more productive effort on Jan. 11 against Perth Glory at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide.
4. Melbourne Heart
John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart played down to 10 men thanks to David Williams’ sending off in the 67th minute of play but still prevailed, 3-2, over the Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park. Ironically, it was Williams who opened up the scoring in the 13th minute of play. Other goalscorers include Josip Tadic in the 35th minute and Fred in the 53rd minute of play. Up next for the Heart is a match with Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Jan. 13.
5. Western Sydney Wanderers
Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers were shut out 2-0 by the Central Coast Mariners at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney. Adding insult to shutout, Jason Trifiro was sent off on a second yellow card in the 54th minute of play. The Wanderers will need to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and get ready for Wellington Phoenix on Jan 13 at Wespac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand.
6. Brisbane Roar
Despite a brace from Besart Berisha in the 74th and 76th minute of play, Mike Mulvey’s Brisbane Roar could not complete the comeback against Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park and fell, 3-2. The Roar will look to return to form on Jan. 12 against the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium.
7. Perth Glory
Ian Ferguson’s Perth Glory got a brace from Shane Smeltz in the 39th and 80th minutes but poor defending consigned the Glory to a 2-2 draw with Sydney FC at nib Stadium in Perth. Up next for the Glory is a match with Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium in Jan. 11.
8. Wellington Phoenix
Ricki Herbert’s Wellington Phoenix were shut out 2-0 by the Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park in Melbourne. A trip across the Tasman might help turn the fortunes of the Nix around as they host the Western Sydney Wanderers on Jan. 13 at Westpac Stadium.
9. Sydney FC
Frank Farina’s Sydney FC equalized twice thanks to Jason Culina in the 63rd minute and Sebastian Ryall in the 82nd minute to give the Sky Blues a 2-2 draw with Perth Glory at nib Stadium. Sydney return home to host Melbourne Heart on Jan. 13 at Allianz Stadium.
10. Newcastle Jets
Nothing but goose eggs for Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets, who were held to a scoreless draw against Adelaide United at Hunter Stadium. The schedule will not get any easier for Newcastle, who host the Brisbane Roar on Jan. 12.